Garret, Olivia and Gavin – Blue Bonnets session {Kingwood TX Kids Photographer}

This year, the spring in Houston was unusually cool and moist – perfect for the blue bonnets to last a super long time. Thus,several weeks ago, we headed with Garret, Olivia and Gavin to a blue bonnet location in Kingwood TX for their short & sweet session.

First, it was Garret’s turn. Having older siblings must somehow impact little ones in a really good way – Garret was so calm and happy: ready for any adventure you throw his way.



Olivia was a little shy but so graceful – she had gone exploring with her daddy and came back with a beautiful red flower. This image is my favorite – it captures her individuality so well.


All shyness vanished into thin air once big brother Gavin joined her 🙂

I was a little worried when Gavin’s turn came – as kids grow they tend to force their smiles in front of the cameras, the playfulness disappears. Not with Gavin. Every shot I took of him was a keeper:



Being the oldest of the three, Gavin was very protective of his younger siblings. Little Garret appeared so cozy and safe in his big brother’s arms.

And for the finale – all three sweet kids together:





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Sadie is 1! {Eagle Springs TX Family Photographer}

A “Giving Back” opportunity came along for me again through a silent auction at the end of last year. A dear client of mine was raising money with her daughter for a mission trip to Zambia, Africa where they would minister to over 800 orphans through her church. She asked me if I can donate a photo session – I couldn’t be happier!

The Homann family won it! Little Sadie was turning 1 year old and the blue bonnets were in full bloom, so we headed over to Kingwood TX for a photo session to capture her adorable smiles!


Did you notice Sadie’s custom wagon? She was all over it, as brave and adventurous as she could be:


What is a birthday celebration without some colorful balloons? The wind was tricky but I was ecstatic to capture this little sweet girl smiling, looking at the camera, without any balloons in her face and clapping her hands as an added bonus 😀


Wait until you see Sadie’s gorgeous parents:

Who is one?

It was not all smiles…but who better than mommy and daddy to return the happiness back to their little girl’s radiant face:



Daddy is so much fun!


And I can always snuggle with mommy.


Finishing with my most favorite capture of this session:

Happy 1st birthday Sadie!

Baby Cadence – 7 Days New {Eagle Springs TX Newborn Photographer}

Baby Cadence had me at “hello” :)!!!

What newborn wouldn’t capture anyone’s heart instantaneously! But Cadence not only was the cutest, so peaceful and huggable – but also smiled a ton. I remember the first time she smiled, I snapped a quick photo, put my camera down and proceeded to admire her sincere happy face. Her mommy enjoyed my reaction and then reminded me gently “Keep shooting” – DUH! Of course. I hoped so bad that little Cadence would give us even more smiles and she sure did not disappoint!



Cadence was my first newborn to capture before the age of 10 days. And what a difference it made! She slept during the whole time with the exception of this one cold wipe that woke her up a little. Newborns and what feels to us normal temperature do not go together. I always warn my mommies and daddies – get the temperature up in the room to 85F at minimum. If we are sweating that means baby is comfortable!



And even when she was awake, she just looked at us with eyes full of curiosity, stayed still and let me pose her and take the most precious pictures of her. Key to each newborn session – if you are serious about capturing your little ones as newborns, do it in the first 10-15 days. I am a mom as well, and I understand how HARD it is to even think about this once your precious one is born – there is no time for anything, you are sleep deprived and your world was just turned upside down. Make the arrangements for the photo session before the baby is here, so that you have a peace of mind. And block off ~3 hours for the photographer to be in your home – a little one cannot be rushed – they need to have full bellies, be dry and happy!



Here are some more images of this adorable little girl, and let’s not forget the tiny details that pull it all together.






Cristina {Eagle Springs TX Maternity Photographer}


There is something special in mommies-to-be, a confidence that I don’t see in my other subjects, a delicacy and profoundness that streams in every image I take of them. Cristina is a true example. In the beginning of her maternity photoshoot in the English Garden in Eagle Springs, TX I wasn’t sure how comfortable she would be with some individual closeups. Decide for yourself:
  

Her favorite two men couldn’t wait to join in on the fun as well.



Cristina had warned me about little Billy – her adorable son soo to be a big brother. She worried he wouldn’t cooperate for the pictures. When I hear that I aways think – perfect, I’ll get really great natural shots of him having fun. Billy I think surprised even his mommy and daddy how great he was!
 

It really touched my heart when Cristina asked me to take some shots of Billy with his daddy. I am always on the hunt for great photos of Eli with Robb, fathers and sons have a special connection that has no limits.


What made me the happiest was when Cristina and her husband made time for themselves – no words can relay the chemistry that those two have:

 


What a gorgeous family this baby girl is being welcomed in!

Emerson {Humble TX Family Photographer}

“A ray of sunshine” I thought when I first saw Emerson. And somehow instinctively I must have set up her first shot such that it captured exactly that:

We went to the Summerwood TX ponds for our photo session. “I can’t wait to feed the ducks” she exclaimed when we met! And why  was I not surprised?! It’s such a fun location, where families love to spend time by the water, at the gazebo, run around the playground … but most of all bring yummy crumbs for the ducks at the park. So that lingered in my head as Emerson perfectly posed at each spot I had picked. She has the patience of an angel.

At the end of the session, the moment that Emerson had been looking forward to the whole time came. And so did the moment I loved capturing the most of the whole session:

Alex.Abby.Ava {Humble TX Family Photographer}

When I received the email request for this session, one thing stayed with me – the mom of these gorgeous sisters hoped that I can capture the ages they are at in a simple and pretty way…Alex and Abby are 15 year old twins and Ava is 3 1/2. Parks have been a very popular location choice but it was late February in Houston and still somewhat gloomy. Besides, I wanted the girls ages to thrive in the setup I picked. So we went to Charles Bender High School in Old Humble, TX. The good news was no other photographers had scheduled their sessions for that day there (it’s a go to place for senior portraits), the bad news – the rustic red iron staircase that I was eyeing for our session had been removed over the week! Yet, there were many more interesting background options that the historic school offered us.

An aged door and a rusty railing:

Brick walls and beatup concrete steps:

Antique metal shutters:

But don’t get me wrong – it was not the location that kept us going! The girls’ bond, fun spirit and light heartedness shined in every image I took. It was addictive – we ran over the allotted time and I could have kept going for a lot longer capturing their attentiveness to one another.

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Photo sessions in Humble, TX; Kingwood, TX; Houston TX

Photo sessions in Humble, TX; Kingwood, TX; Houston TX

Miss Ashlynn { Houston, TX Newborn Photographer }

On the day of her 35 Week Belly Bump session, this beautiful mama had a surprise appearance – stunning Miss Ashlynn made her entrance in the world 🙂

 

She is a strong tiny thing and within a couple of months was ready to be in the spotlight for her long awaited “newborn” pictures.

So unexpectedly for a two month old baby, Miss Ashlynn relaxed so well under her mommy’s comforting caresses that she even surprised us by curling up like a newborn a few times. Such a happy baby, once fed and dry, the world appeared much friendlier to her.

Welcome to the world Miss Ashlynn!

The Lumpkin Family {Eagle Springs TX Family Photographer}

Recently I volunteered by gifting a Classic Digital Package to the Atascocita Springs Elementary for their Fall 2012 Silent Auction. And this beautiful family – the Lumpkin’s won it!

I was so excited to meet them. Upfront Kelly expressed a concern about Camryn’s tendency (her younger daughter) to smile but not look at the camera. They must have practiced at home or as Steve put it “Kelly takes tons of pictures of them from the moment they were born” – Camryn was a superstar! She posed and danced and laughed and most importantly made consistent eye contact with the camera, although my favorite image of her is when she is actually looking away – so dreamy 🙂

Marley, their older daughter, is 7 and already so grown up. She approached each set up with such grace and elegance!

And I absolutely love the next image of the whole family. Have to give credit to Kelly for asking me to tilt the camera and frame the shot in a more unusual way than just horizontal or vertical. It makes the gallery so much more personal when clients have ideas and I am always excited to try them and incorporate them.

Here are some more images of our fun and thorough session. Enjoy!

    

   

Gigi’s Fall Photo Session {Sugarland TX Kids Photographer}

I have a little weakness and it’s called 135mm f2.0 🙂 My favorite lens! The bokeh effect (blurring the background) that it produces is so smooth, like a Johnnie Walker Blue Label. When used with a vision, the images emit class and airiness and stand out unmistakenly. I try to sneak it in all the time during photoshoots and exclusively use it for portraits of 1-3 people.

Needless to say, when Gigi’s photoshoot came along, I could not wait. All the stars aligned – an adorable toddler, three well thought out outfits – a rustic, playful and a glamorous one and my favourite lens. All the stars, but one – the location. I was looking for a place in South Houston and it turned out parks there are in deficit. 😦 After some extensive Google Earth espionage, I finally zoomed in on Oyster Creek Park in Sugarland. Looked great on pictures, but I never shot there. The morning of the session, my stomach was in knots. I arrived almost an hour early to explore the area…equiped myself with a vanilla latte with a double shot of espresso, closed my eyes and breathed in the warm morning breeze. When I looked, the park spread in front of me, bathed by the fall Houston sun, with its lake, nature trails and early risers driven to complete a run or a yoga routine. Already at easy, I waited for Gigi to arrive with her mommy and we went off shooting.

Genevieve (Gigi) was shy and clingy in the beginning. She held on to mommy and was not very fond of the first area of the park that I took her to – a rustic metal bridge. Some tears later and a pinkish little cute nose, I was able to capture her pulling away from the bridge attracted by the water and the exercising people.


Her expressions kept changing from inquisitive to uncertain to having a fun time:



Make no mistake, this little girl, more gentle than a flower, turned out was quite a risk taker and didn’t hesitate to venture to the water and the bigger than her rocks:


Thankfully, mommy was always there for her little girl, to relax her, to keep her safe, to keep the smile on her face as bright as it could be:

Little Genevieve, I had so much fun, hope you did too!